My name is Adriane de Souza, I am from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but I currently live in Doha, Qatar.
It is difficult for me to say exactly what type of photography I do, but I’d say I am more interested in portraits. Showing human emotions, secrets and small details is a challenge but that makes it more interesting.
Being able to photograph a person, get close to them and even sometimes get uncomfortable is a great experience for me.
My story begins just like any other. I always liked taking photos and was very fortunate to have the financial means to take as many photos as I wanted and get them developed when I was a child.
With time people started opening my eyes to many more possibilities, and it all changed when I did a self-portrait series. I felt mentally better and lighter and that’s when I knew I was capable of creating something meaningful and that this could be a profession.
Since 2017, photography has been my main source of income.
We don’t need to have the best gear to create, and we shouldn’t have to limit ourselves when it comes to that.
You can create with many different types of equipment and it doesn’t necessarily affect the quality of your work. Megapixels are just a detail and shouldn’t be an obstacle.
A lot of my work is done is using my phone, and a lot of commissioned work too.
I know that different equipment will impact the photography, but it should be a positive experience, not a limiting one. The most expensive camera I use is a shared camera. Also, all my work is done using natural light.
Iphone XS – I use my phone a lot and it is really helpful. Many people feel intimidated by a professional camera and they start posing and being awkward, but when I use the phone, people are more welcoming and comfortable – they don’t take me too seriously and I love that. Plus the phone is very easy to carry and uncomplicated, just point and shoot.
Sony A7III – I love this camera, it is very practical and has shortcut buttons. It is also small and not heavy. I fell in love with mirrorless cameras thanks to this one.
Sony RX100 VI – This camera I got thanks to a huge discount. It is good for photos, it has a great zoom and films 4k, continuous shooting, autofocus. It is a great camera. It is also small and can be easily carried.
Miranda MS-3 – This was a gift and has a lot of sentimental value. I use it whenever I have a lot of time to think about my photo and not waste my film. It is very easy to use.
Olympus OM 10 – This camera with the lens is a bit heavy. It was super cheap and worth it.
Polaroid Supercolor 635CL – I admit I don’t use this very often as film, for it can be quite expensive where I live. So I use it for very special occasions and very special people. It has a lot of sentimental value, as it was the camera my parents used to take family photos. So I have a special place for it and usually use it to take more intimate photos. I also love the wait for the photo to be ready.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 – I love 50mm lenses, and this was a more affordable option as the f/1.4 can be quite pricey. I have been using this lens nonstop for years. It is my go-to and I very rarely use other lenses.
Miranda 28-70mm F3.5 Macro Zoom Lens – This came with my Miranda camera and the Olympus OM S-Zuiko 35-70 mm f/3.5-4.5 came with my Olympus. There wasn’t any choice as these lenses came with the cameras, but I have no complaints about them.
Hardware & Software
A couple of SanDisk memory cards.
Metabones EF-E mount T.
2 x Transcend External Hard Drives, because I don’t know how to deal with cloud.
MacBook Pro 8GB.
I mostly edit my photos with Lightroom, both on my laptop and phone. Also, I use VSCO. I love the results of film photography (Ektar and Portra), so when I edit I try bringing a little bit of that to my photos. Shooting with film and developing can be quite expensive.